Previously on The Blog About Nothing... in London!

  • tamp Tamp
    Coffee Time in Chiswick
  • zucca Zucca
    Last meal in Bermondsey
  • francomanca Franco Manca
    Great Pizza now in Covent Garden
  • flavourly Flavourly
    Beer Delivery in London
  • workshopcoffee Workshop Coffee
    Coffee and more Coffee
  • Wokshop Wok Shop
    Best Dumplings in Berlin
  • mustafas Mustafa's Gemuse Kebap
    Long queues and a complete tourist trap
  • beerberlin Beer Garden Time in Berlin
    Eins Bier Bitte
  • grindcoffee Grind Coffee
    Coffee Time in Putney
  • kalamaras Kalamaras
    A Piece of Greece in London
  • coffeeberlin Berlin
    Coffee Time in Berlin
  • sambaswirl Samba Swirl
    Froyo Time in Chiswick
  • tarantella Tarantella
    Another Italian Place in Chiswick
  • wharf The Wharf
    A lovely Restaurant by the Thames in Teddington
  • fiveguys Five Guys
    American Invasion
  • phene The Phene
    Great local pub for a drink in Chelsea
  • mangotree Mango Tree
    Great but Expensive Dim Sum Place

The Chicago Dawg and some other treats [Chicago: On The Road]

I didn’t tell you to have a hot dog. Who told you to have a hot dog? 
Jerry Seinfeld (Seinfeld episode “The Soup”) 

Chicago is definitely a wonderful city with great culinary scene. But is also a place for a couple fast food style highlights unique to the Windy City. So I took a time in my last visit to try a couple of them. 

The Chicago Dog 

The Chicago style hot dog is frankfurter on a poppy seed bun, and has white onions, pickle relish, tomato slices, sport peppers, and celery salt. Many places to have it but I took the opportunity to go to the legendary Wrigley Field for a baseball game, so couldn’t resist to have it while watching the game. Chicago dog, a beer, and a baseball match some sort of ménage au trois. I loved it. 

Chicago Style Hot Dog
Wrigley Field
Baseball Field / Fast Food
Area: Addison

I saw this place in a Man vs Food episode, and Al’s Beef Italian Sandwich was so grotesque but tasty I had to have it. Esquire Magazine considered one of the best sandwiches in Americas. They are trading since 1938, Al Ferrari and Chris Pacelli developed the idea of the dipped meat sandwich due to the scarcity of meat during the depression, they formulated the secret recipe and became a hit. Even to eat the sandwich you have to take a particular stance known as the Italian stance as any other might cause severe damage to your shoes. 

Al's Beef
Al's Sign
I went to one of the oldest restaurants in Little Italy. Amazing sandwich, full of flavour. The extra spicy peppers are nice. It’s simple, tasty, and good. As side saggy fries dipped in melted cheese so simple but still good. 

The counter
The Italian Combo
Dipped Beef Italian Sandwich
Al's Italian Beef
T: +1 312 226 4017
Italian Sandwich
Area: Little Italy
Twitter: AlsItalianBeef
Al's #1 Italian Beef on Urbanspoon

Rick Bayless Street Food 

I did a quick stop for breakfast at XOCO. Rick Bailess fast food Mexican place. Located besides Frontera, opening early and closing late this self service Mexican cafe offers a menu full of street food from empanadas to tortas, and don't forget the churros. 

I got the empanada, it was brilliant, the pastry was perfect and the filling spot on with the right amount of heat. Passed the tostas as I had them on the past. So I went for the chilaquiles, a specialty you can only have on Saturday. Really good, melted cheese with the tomato, tortilla chips and beef. Good balance and overall a healthy breakfast, Rick as usual delivered.

Saturday special
T: +1 312 334 3688
Mexican Cuisine
Area: River North
Twitter: XocoChicago
XOCO on Urbanspoon


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